I’m over-the-top excited about my next big travel adventure.
In just 6 weeks I finally get to visit my #1 Dream Destination – N E W Z E A L A N D !
I am a huge Lord of the Rings nerd and have been obsessed with New Zealand ever since I first saw The Fellowship of the Ring back in 2002. Since then, I’ve learned more about the country through friends, family, and strangers on the Internet and my fascination has only grown. I’ve been told that it is very similar to my beloved BC, which is fantastic because I think I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
With all the traveling that I’ve done over the past 15 years, it’s hard to believe that I haven’t been to New Zealand before. It seems that the two-month window that I’ve been waiting to find in my calendar has yet to appear. So, I’m making the most of the 2.5 weeks available to see as much as possible. I just can’t wait any longer!
I have a jam packed itinerary, which includes visiting friends and family and taking in a tour of the South Island with travel blogger extraordinaire and NZ resident, Liz Carlson, of Young Adventuress. I’m so excited to experience this country with locals and to maybe even pick up some photography tricks from Liz.
I know I won’t be able to check everything off my bucket list this time, so hopefully this is just the beginning.
March 19: Auckland
March 20: Matamata & Rotorua
March 21-22: Orari
March 23: Christchurch & Lake Tekapo
March 24-25: Queenstown
March 26-27: Wanaka
March 28-29: Franz Josef
March 30-31: Punakaiki
April 1-2: Abel Tasman National Park
April 3-4: Wellington
These are the activities I am most looking forward to:
- Channeling my inner Baggins in Hobbiton.
- Zorbing in Rotorua
- Glacier Hiking at Franz Josef
- Cruising the awe-inspiring Milford Sound
- Visiting the WETA studios in Wellington where LOTR came to life!
Have you ever been to New Zealand? Any recommendations or travel tips?